A broad scope
Emma Valnæs Holck works in the design studio Karlsson Arkitekter, in Copenhagen. Like Rune Hovmøller Lauridsen she was one of the first students on the four-year master. Unlike Rune, who went straight from bachelor to master, Emma Valnæs Holck had been working for Karlsson Arkitekter for two years during a break from her studies.
‘I have fallen for the practical aspects of the discipline. When I started working with architecture in practice, I felt that I was the right person in the right place. It would have been extremely difficult for me to go back to the very intense project courses at the School, which is why I saw a good opportunity in combining my studies with working in the practice’, explains Emma Valnæs Holck, who is very pleased with the first academic year of the four-year master.
‘A semester divided into parts in between which I have been back at the workplace has been really good for me. I have been able to feel how I developed – in the periods in the design studio I have had time and opportunities to reflect on what I learnt during the periods at school,’ she says.
Karlsson Arkitekter is a relatively small studio that works with psychiatric hospitals and residences for people suffering from dementia. This means Emma Valnæs Holck does not from day to day work with that many of the professional areas on which Studio 1D focuses. Studio 1D centres on the development of cultural environments and urban transformation.
‘In the design studio I don’t work with large scale projects, but I don’t mind. Although there is not much of a connection between the academic aspects at school and my work in the practice, that doesn’t mean what I learn at school is not relevant. The combination of courses at school and work in the practice also allows me to find out what I am most interested in doing in the future – while giving me a very broad approach to the discipline’, says Emma Valnæs Holck, who has no qualms about extending her master with two years.
‘We are in a profession where finding a job can sometimes be difficult – for recent graduates – so why rush to finish your education? With the four-year master you graduate with four years’ professional experience on your CV and a huge amount of practical knowledge. Which makes me think you are in a really good position in terms of looking for jobs. ‘
The next group of students on the programme start after the summer holidays. To be admitted to the four-year master, students must have an average of at least 25 hours of educationally relevant employment per week over a year. It is up to the individual students to find relevant employment. And students on the new four-year master are not eligible for state educational grants (SU).
More information about the four-year master